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Van Der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts CD (album) cover


Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.42 | 1956 ratings

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Pawn Hearts is my absolute favorite VDGG album, although I'm sure it is for a lot of people who like VDGG (which isn't a lot of modern day music listeners, aka my friends). This album is truly like an amazing nightmare. It contains many catchy, but at the same time eerie, melodies.

"Lemmings" is a great song in general. The saxophone here is great, and adds so much to the song. Although, it is probably my least favorite track. It doesn't amount up to the epicness of either of the other two songs. A great track, worth many listens. 4 stars.

"Man-Erg". I absolutely love this song. The middle section in 11/8 is surprisingly catchym, despite its time signature. After listening to this album, that melody is one of the ones that sticks in my head. From the gentle acoustic beginning to the crazy middle to the jazzy end, and a recap of the gentle beginning, this song truly deserves 5 stars.

"A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers" is the side-long track here, and is certainly the most nightmarish one, especially once you get to the section about 15 minutes into the song. My favorite section is about 11 minutes in, and is the other melody that really sticks out on the album. Peter Hamill's vocals are twisted, here melodious at the same time. A trip through the depressing, yet whimsicle (with section near 10 minutes) journey through a nightmare. There is no great way to describe it, but it deserves 5 stars, no doubt.

This album gets my highest recommendation to fellow proggers, but I don't suggest this album for your average pop music listener. You MUST like some progressive music before even attempting to enjoy this true masterpiece of progressive rock.

bb1319 | 5/5 |


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